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Greater Latrobe's athletic complex work on pace

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:45 p.m.

Crews working on the new athletic complex at Greater Latrobe are on schedule, despite summer storms.

Project manager Kurt Thomas, who oversees the project, told the school board at Tuesday's meeting that $4.4 million has been spent on the $9 million project, which is on schedule even with significant rain in June and July.

The field should be ready for football and other fall sports training camps to begin Aug. 12, he said.

“We're moving in the rain as well as possible,” Thomas said. “I don't anticipate any issues with not being ready for football.”

Precast-concrete floors were installed in the press box, interior walls in the field house are 70 percent completed, and retaining walls near the tennis courts and bleachers have been built, Thomas told the board.

Crews are excavating greenspace for the parking lots and have begun paving the track as well as installing electrical and duct work at the field house, he said.

The complex will include Pro Grass Spirit turf, lights, a press box, a six-lane running track, a fifth tennis court, a cross-country track and a stadium with more than 2,000 seats where the former football practice field was located.

Varsity football games and some track meets, soccer and field hockey games will be played at Memorial Stadium in downtown Latrobe, while football, soccer, cross-country, girls tennis and field hockey teams will benefit from the new facility.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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